Persuasive Animal Shelter Speech

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Xavier Andujar
Professor Lorio
English 112
30 April 2016
Actuation Speech Outline
General purpose: To persuade
Specific purpose: To persuade the audience to consider adopting a pet from a local shelter instead of buying one from the pet store or other sources.
Thesis: People need to adopt more animals.
I. Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to live on the streets constantly searching for your next meal and never knowing the feeling of companionship?
A. This is the life of stray animals.
B. If they are lucky, someone kind will find them and turn them over to a local animal shelter.
1. From there, they will get a second chance.
2. Adopting a pet from a shelter will give you the satisfaction of knowing that you have
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“It is common to see wire cages stacked on top of each other”
2. “They generally do not have protection from heat, cold, or inclement weather” (“About Puppy Mills”)
C. “Dogs in puppy mills live in dirty, unsanitary conditions” (“About Puppy Mills”)
D. “Dogs living in puppy mills receive little to no veterinary care” (“About Puppy Mills”)
E. “Mothers are bred every heat cycle and are usually killed when they can no longer produce” (“About Puppy Mills”)
F. “Many puppy mills do not practice humane euthanasia. Dogs are killed in cruel ways, including shooting or drowning” (“About Puppy Mills”)
G. “Puppy mill operators keep their dogs in cages for up to 24 hours a day and breed them continuously. The cages often have wire floors, and the dogs get little vet care and no socialization” (Cohn)
III. Reason why we shouldn’t buy a pet from a pet store
A. The puppies from a pet store are likely to have come from a puppy mills
1. “Most pet store puppies come from puppy mills where dogs are not bred for good health and temperament and where they are often raised in inhumane conditions” (American Humane Association, 2011)
B. Beau Archer, a spokesman for the Humane Society of the U.S. said, “puppies from puppy mills are often prone to medical problems” (Cohn,
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Even though there are some pet stores that sell pets from caring private breeders, you cannot tell whether the pet store is telling the truth or not.
IV. Thus, when you are ready to take care of a pet and want to give an animal a home, you should consider adopting from your local animal shelter.
A. By doing so, you will be doing a good thing because you will not be supporting puppy